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By Tara Fowler

For those of you who didn't know, "The Lone Ranger" had a rough ride into theaters. Back in August 2011, the film was placed on hold due to budgetary concerns, prompting stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, as well as director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, to accept a 20 percent salary cut in order to see the movie made. Was it worth it? Only this weekend will tell. In the meantime, here are six facts you may not have known about the making of "The Lone Ranger":

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By Amelia Mularz

Ah, the sports flick. "Rocky," "Miracle," "Field of Dreams," "The Blind Side"—nothing inspires us like good ol’ American athletics on the big screen. That's why we were overwrought with enthusiasm this week to see the release of "An Unfortunate End," the silent film version of Mark Sanchez’s now infamous buttfumble play.

The 30-second movie lets us relive the agony and the ecstasy...scratch that...just the agony of that time Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez ran straight into another dude’s butt. It was Thanksgiving night; the Jets were playing the Patriots, and Sanchez fumbled the ball after a head-on collision with Brandon Moore’s rump. The Patriots then returned the loose ball 32 yards for a touchdown.

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Channing

Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx watched their dreams of a summer box office hit burn slowly to the ground, much like the Capitol Building the trailer for the movie they hoped would get them there, "White House Down." The $150 million buddy action movie came from blockbuster maker, director Roland Emmerich, and a script that Sony Pictures paid $3 million to acquire, and yet it couldn't stand up to returning films, "Monsters University" and "World War Z," and the new competition "The Heat," making only $25 million.

So how does a movie with all of that going for it and two leads coming off the biggest year of their careers fail at the same time a film like "World War Z," the Brad Pitt zombie fest that had nothing but bad buzz, crosses the $250 million mark at the global box office?

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Oola

By Ryan Rigley

A while back, Disney announced their plans to release a new "Star Wars" film each year starting in 2015. With a new trilogy currently in the works, rumors of several "Star Wars" spin-off films have been popping up all over the Internet in recent months. But who will be starring in said spin-off films? According to JoBlo, the rumors of a "Boba Fett" and a "Young Han Solo" spin-off film are both 100% accurate.

Apparently, Disney plans on releasing the two films in 2016 and 2018 respectively with the "Young Han Solo" movie focusing on how he and Chewbacca met and came to own the Millennium Falcon. While this is all very exciting, we can't help but wonder about the fate of the new "Star Wars" trilogy and what memorable minor characters might be popping up onscreen. Take Oola for example, the Twi'lek dancer that Jabba the Hutt feeds to his pet rancor in "Return of the Jedi."

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Terminator

Right now, the new "Terminator" movie announced by Annapurna Pictures and Skydance Productions for a summer 2015 release date is a total mystery. We know that it's a "reboot" and the start of a "stand-alone trilogy" that Arnold Schwarznegger might star in.

That being said, a number of rumors and the scant parameter we do know of limit the possibilities of what the new "Terminator" trilogy can be. Assuming that Arnold is set to return in a lead role, this is what we (think we) know so far about the next "Terminator."

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Cameron Diaz

By Amelia Mularz

Cameron Diaz...that old grouch.

While we still may think of her as the hot girl who licked Jim Carrey's face in "The Mask," or the hot girl with the "hair gel" in "There's Something About Mary," or the hot girl (is this typecasting or what?) who boogied in her tighty whities in "Charlie's Angels," times they are a-changin'.

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Best of 2013

For the past two days, MTV Movies Blog has been looking back on the first half of 2013 with a reader poll of favorite films and a few early honors.

Today, we're taking a look at the standalone scenes that blew us away and made entire movies that much more memorable.

Check out our list after the jump and suggest your own in the comments!

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Best of 2013 So Far

Yesterday, we asked you to pick your top three movies of the year so far, and today we continue our look back at the very best that 2013 had to offer during the first six months of the year.

"Man of Steel" leads, but you can change that. Vote in our mid-year poll!

Instead of waiting around for "prestige" movies to come along and steal all of the honors away from the films that might not be as fresh in people's minds, we decided to give our a few mid-year honors for the Best of 2013 (so far).

Check them out after the jump!

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Channing Tatum

By Tara Fowler

Roland Emmerich returns this weekend with "White House Down," yet another ode to all-out mayhem and destruction (not that I'm complaining). This time around, he hired Channing Tatum as our savior in a white tank top (again, not complaining). Before you go see "WHD," here is everything you could possibly need to know about the stripper-turned-Sexiest Man Alive.

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Monsters

Enough people went to see "Monsters University" this weekend to call it an unquestionable success for Pixar. Ever since the animation studio began making feature films in 1995, all 14 of its full-length movies have debuted at the top of the box office, and "Monster University" kept that sterling record alive, banking the second best opening in Pixar's history, behind "Toy Story 3."

Though audiences responded enthusiastically via their wallets, the critical reception to "Monsters University" was more of a passing shrug than anything. It was pretty much a given that the "Monster Inc." sequel would lack the originality of the first film since that world was already established, but with such a formulaic plot and character beats, is okay for a Pixar movie to be just okay?

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